Most families have run into this classic conundrum: Mom wants an office to start working on her blog and Etsy shop, Dad wants a space for his home improvement tools and projects, the Son wants some room where he can stretch out and play video games, while the Daughter just joined her high school baseball team and has decided she NEEDS to get training equipment and practice at home. Pretty soon, it’s an all-out race to see who can claim the spaces around the house first and the losers get stuck stuffing their hobbies into a too small of closet and the storage space just doesn’t go around! So, we’ve put together a list of tips and ideas that can help your home projects get the space they deserve!
First: Clean out!! So many underused things simply sit and take up valuable space because people don’t realize they no longer need it. A rule of thumb my mother taught me is to look at something and ask too questions: “When did I use this last?” and “Does this bring me joy?”. If the answers you get are either 6 months ago or no, then throw it out or sell it! Another thing to do is to look for redundant things in your house, no one needs 3 toasters, and once you get started cleaning things out, you’ll be amazed at how much extra stuff has been clogging up your house and storage space! I recommend checking out the topic of professional organizing as many professionals have written books and developed strategies that can help anyone turn a cluttered space into a usable and tidy room.
Another strategy is to sort and prioritize, sort things into specific belonging places, and prioritize space and storage according to need. Just like how laundry takes up a lot more space when it’s a pile on the floor rather than neatly tucked into a dresser, things can end up kind of jumbled into our garages and closets and sorting them out and repacking them can free up a lot of underutilized space in your house. Plus, There’s many health benefits to cleaning and organizing your home including: lowering stress, improving safety, and even impacting your diet and waistline!
If you’ve tried these tips and you’re still struggling for storage space you can always look at vinyl utility buildings as an option. These relatively cheap outbuildings can be purchased and set up extremely quickly and offer a place to store equipment that would normally go in a garage. Plus, they can range in size from just a closet to hold some shovels and rakes to ones that can fit riding lawnmowers and motorbikes. While they’re certainly an investment, they can free up much needed space in your house and garage and let you focus those spaces on your hobbies and happiness and lets you better organize your life.
Of course, everyone has different needs and different situations. The most important thing to do is to evaluate your own needs and develop a strategy that works for you. Research has shown the benefits of optimizing your storage space and keeping a clean home, but not everything works for everyone. But by following some basic tips like these you can quickly see what may work for you and your family and maybe everyone can get the space they need to develop their hobbies without hindering others!